Scrollsaw Chest Project

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Blog series by William updated 11-06-2010 05:21 AM 5 parts 8631 reads 31 comments total

Part 1: HiHo, HiHo, and ,huh, uh oh!

11-02-2010 12:29 AM by William | 4 comments »

I’m still working on Christmas presents. My present present project (ha ha, I made a funny) is a scrollsaw chest. If anyone want to see what I’m talking about, you can see and order plans for the project hereFirst things first. I’ve been wanting to build my daughter (17 years old) a cedar chest for some time. I wanted something special though. So, I seen and ordered the plans for this chest well over a year ago. I have spent the time since then snagging up aromatic cedar a b...

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Part 2: Side And Front Panels

11-03-2010 04:06 PM by William | 2 comments »

I got a new toy for this project. I’ve used dowel joinery in the past, but I thought a jig would make this particular project easier. With the use of a jig, my reasoning was, it would be assured that the dowels were placed perfectly square, eliminating joining problems that I sometimes encounter. So, I went into town and the only one I found was at Home Depot. This is the General EZ Pro Doweling Jig Kit. I bought it at Home Depot for $29.99. I wish I had left it there. I was getting bet...

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Part 3: Boxing It In

11-04-2010 06:15 AM by William | 7 comments »

I had a very productive day today.After completing the front panels, it was time to start framing up the box. In this photo, you’re looking at the bottom of the box frame, upside down. The square pieces in the corners are pads that help support the bottom of the box. Also, they assist in squaring up the bottom framing. It is very important to make sure this is perfectly square since this is the foundation upon which everything else will start to be attached to.As I put the side and fron...

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Part 4: I'm Seeing The Finish Line

11-05-2010 06:00 AM by William | 4 comments »

Here’s the lid for the chest with the scrolled panels already cut. I’m sure you notice the clamps on the lid. While the glue was drying on this, I went back to do a lot of the sanding on the box that I got too lazy to finish yesterday.This is the complete lid fully assembled. I’ve added the cedar backing to the scroll work. You’ll also notice the rail around the front and sides of the lid that will form a lip over the top of the box when the lid is shut.This is what th...

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Part 5: Finishing

11-06-2010 05:21 AM by William | 14 comments »

Today all that was left was to do a little more sanding, remove all the dust using a tack cloth and vacuum, and apply whatever finish I decided on. So here is how it went. There was actually not much sanding left to do. I did find a few little spots that were “scuffy” that I smoothed out. Then I went over the entire thing, inside and out, with fine grit sandpaper. Just to be sure, you know?Then I cleaned it up real good.Problem was, I still hadn’t decided on a finish. So I c...

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